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Olivia Mehaffey Ready for LPGA's AIG Women's Open

Aug 17, 2020

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TROON, Scotland – Sun Devil Women's Golf senior Olivia Mehaffey will compete at the 2020 AIG British Women's Open, scheduled for August 20-23 at Royal Troon Golf Club. 

The No. 17-ranked female amateur will get the opportunity to compete with the best in the world as one of only two amateurs in the field, joined by USC's Gabriella Ruffels. She qualified for the LPGA major by virtue of being the highest ranked female amateur from Great Britain & Ireland. Mehaffey returns to historic Royal Troon Golf Club, the site of her 2015 Scottish Amateur Open victory.

"We are excited to watch Olivia play alongside some Sun Devil alums in the British Women's Open," Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye remarked. "She will be 1 of only 2 amateurs in the entire field. It is a special experience to compete in a major as an amateur!"
 
The first round of the AIG Women's Open begins the morning of Aug. 20 in Scotland, which is currently eight hours ahead of Arizona time. Mehaffey is part of the first group of golfers teeing off at 6:30 a.m. local time, which falls on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 pm in Arizona. Her second-round tee time is currently scheduled for 11:10 a.m. locally on Aug. 21, which converts to 3:10 a.m. on the same date in Arizona. Stayed tuned to our social media platforms and the Championship Central page for updated scores and more information on Mehaffey's playing schedule throughout the tournament. 

This is Mehaffey's fourth appearance in a professional event, having previously competed in the 2018 U.S. Women's Open Championship and the 2016 & 2017 Women's British Open. Earlier in the year, she earned a sponsor's exemption allowing her to compete in the ANA Inspiration. The LPGA event, which was scheduled to run April 2-5, was postpone due to the pandemic. The tournament will now take place September 10-13 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She is one of only five amateurs selected to compete at the LPGA major.

The current Sun Devil will be around several familiar faces at the AIG British Women's Open, as Carlota Ciganda (2009-11), Azahara Munoz (2006-09), Anna Nordqvist (2007-09),and Linnea Strom (2016-17) join Mehaffey in the 2020 field. Here is when each Sun Devil will tee-off during the first and second round (All Times MST):
 

Olivia Mehaffey Carlota Ciganda Azahara Munoz Anna Nordqvist Linnea Strom
Round 1 10:30 P.M. (8/19) 4:05 A.M. (8/20) 11:58 P.M. (8/19) 5:11 A.M. (8/20) 6:22 A.M. (8/20)
Round 2 3:10 A.M. (8/21) 11:25 P.M. (8/20) 4:38 A.M. (8/21) 12:31 A.M. (8/21) 1:42 A.M. (8/21)

 
Live television coverage of the 2020 AIG British Women's Open will be provided by Golf Channel and NBC. The following schedule is listed in Arizona time (MST). On Thursday, August 20 Golf Channel will broadcast the first round from 2:30-5:30 a.m. and 7-10 a.m. Coverage of the second round begins on Friday, August 21 from 2:30-5:30 a.m. and picks up again 7-10 a.m. on Golf Channel. The first session of the third round on Saturday, August 22 runs from 6-9 a.m. on Golf Channel. The television coverage then shifts to NBC for the second session, scheduled for 9-11 a.m. The tournament wraps up with an another Golf Channel broadcast of the fourth and final round from 5-9 a.m. on Sunday, August 23. The final moments of the AIG Women's Open will be shown on NBC live from 9-11 a.m. (NBC). The tournament will also be shown live on Sky Sports Golf starting at 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20. Coverage begins at the same time on Friday, but has an earlier start time of  2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
 
The Belfast, Ireland native is already one of the most decorated golfers in the history of the Sun Devil Women's Golf program. Mehaffey recently completed her fourth season in Tempe with a historic achievement. She became just the third four-time All-American in the history of the Arizona State Women's Golf program after being selected to the Honorable Mention team by the WGCA last month. She joined an exclusive list of Sun Devils to have been named All-Americans after each of their four years, one that includes Sun Devil Athletics Hall of Famer Kellee Booth (1995-98) and current LPGA Tour standout Azahara Munoz (2006-09). Mehaffey received Honorable Mention honors as a freshman and senior, in addition to her Second Team designation after both her sophomore and junior seasons.
 
In addition to the WGCA recognition, Mehaffey was also one of three Sun Devils to also earn All-American distinction by Golfweek, the third consecutive year the senior has accomplished the feat. Due to the unique circumstances, Mehaffey has a chance to claim a record that may never be matched. She has the potential to be the first five-time All-American not only in program history, but in NCAA history.

Despite this year being cut short, Mehaffey still managed to reach several career milestones in the process. She finished second at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and sixth at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, pushing her career Top-10 finishes total to 20. Not only did she have 20 Top-10 finishes, she also carded 20 rounds in the 60s in her career, one of the Top-25 totals in NCAA history. Her 11 rounds at or under par this season give her 65 in her career, putting her in the Top-10 in NCAA record book. Mehaffey's 72.74 stroke average also puts her in the NCAA's Top-25 all-time. The reigning Pac-12 Conference Individual Medalist finished in the Top-40 of the final Golfstat Individual Rankings for the fourth consecutive year. She has the opportunity to add to these totals and move up in the NCAA career record book during her fifth and final season of eligibility.

Mehaffey's international resume is just as impressive as her collegiate one. Not only will she take advantage of several professional opportunities in the coming months, she has also been recruited to compete in International competition. Mehaffey was selected to represent Team Europe along with teammate Linn Grant at the 2020 Palmer Cup, which will now take place in December. She also was invited to the Augusta National Women's Amateur for the second consecutive year (Tournament moved to 2021). The extensive international experience and success have helped Mehaffey thrive in pressure situations and prepare for the professional level.

A loaded roster awaits Mehaffey next season, as every member of the 2019-20 team returns to Tempe. Once incoming freshmen Ashley Menne and Breyana Matthews are added to the fold, the Sun Devils will boast one of the most talented and deep rosters in the country. With three-time National Champion Missy Farr-Kaye and Assistant Coach Michelle Estill at the helm, the team will receive the proper coaching and guidance that it takes to succeed at the highest level. Fans of the Sun Devil Women's Golf program have a lot to be excited about. 

HOW TO FOLLOW
For the latest updates on Olivia Mehaffey's performance at the AIG British Women's Open, follow our Twitter/Instagram accounts (@SunDevilWGolf) and like our Facebook page (facebook.com/sundevilwgolf/). Visit the Championship Central page and leaderboard for additional information on the tournament.